Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

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  • Date Submitted: 12/03/2013 1:16 PM
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Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
Cassandra JacobsenEating Disorders 1

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Mrs. Blieske
Thursday, June 6, 2013

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Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
All teens and even some adults are concerned with how they look. They all want to be attractive, and fit in. But meeting societys standards for looking good isnt always easy, especially for girls. Females are judged by their apperance more than males are, and have much higher standards. As always, physical attraction in females is based on pretty features, a good complexion, nice hair, and perfectly porportioned, thin, fit and tan bodies. As a result many teenage girls are unhappy with their bodies, this is especially true for people that are fixated on the way they look, and depending on weight as a way of acheiving happiness. There are many ways for an individual to achieve their goal weight such as eating disorders, the 2 most popular ones being anorexia nervosa, and bulima nervosa.

"Eating disorders are mental illnesses that cause serious distrubances in a persons everyday diet. It can manifest as eating extremely small or no food at all to severly overeating.The condition may begin as just eating too little or too much but obsession with eating and food takes over the life of a person leading to severe changes." (National Eating Disorder Information Centre, 2002) When someone has an eating disorder, their weight becomes their main focus in life, and can be very hard to dectect. At any given time in Canada 70% of women and 35% of men are dieting, and a 1993 study shows that 1-2% of women aged 15 to 25 suffer from anorexia nervosa and 3-5% suffer from bulimia nervosa. (Canadian Mental Health Association, 2013) Eating disorders are potientially life threatening conditions, with 10 - 20% eventually dying from complications. (Canadian Mental Health Association, 2013) Eating disorders are a way of coping with deeper problems that...

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